I am watching the “next generation” go after more stuff.
Our grown adult children all have jobs that make more money than we, their parents, could have ever dreamed of.
As teachers, we understand the importance of being what we teach.
Integrity, honesty, good work ethic, intelligence, perception, accuracy and inspiration.
We see all these qualities in our grown children.
We are astounded at the money they spend on holiday presents for their children, our grandchildren.
We see them incorporating good manners, attention to vocabulary, and many other fine qualities.
But we see a kind of malaise, a kind of taking it for granted that money is the best true goal.
In Napolean Hill’s writings, he warns against this growing focus, even with his view from several decades ago.
All his writings about wealth incorporate expressing the qualities of a good work ethic and good character.
The things that are becoming even more important to me is to treat each person as though s/he is precious.
The value of a person is their being, not their bank account.
How we express kindness, consideration, compassion, understanding.
How often we can be an uplifting or calming influence in tense situations.
How we can cut through all the self-condemnation or envy or sense of unfairness.
First we have to cut through it for ourselves, then we can gently see a newness and delight permeate our own lives as we live simply and let go of the importance of stuff.
As we focus on the power of goodness and love and happiness, we see it expand in ever-widening circles around us.
We hear good news from others.
We can feel the presence of the Infinite Beneficent Universe infusing the world with this kind of power.
This is creating the conflict and the change.
It is giving us all a different basis from which to live.
© 2015 Kathryn Hardage